06-23-17 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Grain Bin Safety

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GRAIN BIN SAFETY

Break up crusted grain from the outside of the bin with a long pole. When using a pole, check to see that it doesn’t come into contact with electric lines.Whenever possible, don’t enter a grain bin. If you must enter the bin, as a farm owner/operator you should:

  • Wear a harness attached to a properly secured rope.
  • Stay near the outer wall of the bin and keep walking if the grain should start to flow. Get to the bin ladder or safety rope as quickly as possible.
  • Always have another person, preferably two people, outside the bin who can help if you become entrapped.
  • Grain fines and dust may cause difficulty in breathing. Anyone working in a grain bin, especially for the purpose of cleaning the bin, should wear an appropriate dust filter or filter respirator.
  • Always stay out of grain bins, wagons and grain trucks when unloading equipment is running.
  • If it is necessary to enter the bin, remember to shut off the power to augers and fans. It is a good idea to lock out any unloading equipment before you enter a bin to prevent someone from unintentionally starting the equipment while you are in the bin.
  • Children should never be allowed to play in or around grain bins, wagons or truck beds.
  • Where possible, ladders should be installed inside grain bins to for an emergency exit. Ladders are easier to locate inside a dusty bin if there are brightly painted stripes just above or behind the ladder.
  • It only takes 25 seconds for a 6 ft., 180 pound man to become submerged in grain.
  • It takes 625 pounds of force to remove a 180 pound man submerged in grain from the neck down.
  • If you become trapped in a bin of flowing grain with nothing to hold onto but you are still able to walk, stay near the outside wall. Keep walking until the bin is empty or grain flow stops. If you are covered by flowing grain, cup your hands over your mouth, and take short breaths until help arrives.

Source: University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension

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05-02-17 *CSU Ext News* Freeze Injury on Wheat by R.F. Meyer

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Leaf burn from freeze damage. By itself, this is cosmetic damage only. Photos by Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension.

Freeze Injury on Wheat by R.F. Meyer

Freezing temperatures can affect wheat fields within the Colorado High Plains Region some seasons.  In fields where only some of the tillers have been damaged, there is still plenty of time for undamaged tillers to compensate and minimize any potential yield loss.  However, frost damaged wheat heads will be permanently damaged.  Wheat heads emerging white in color indicate frost damage and will not produce seeds.

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05-01-17 *CSU Ext News* WHEAT UPDATE

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Wheat Update

Dr. Kirk Broders, Plant Pathologist, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management and RF Meyer Area Extension Agronomist, Colorado State University

Wheat field observations have been taking place throughout northeast Colorado this spring from various on-farm testing sites.   We’ve been looking for wheat pest production issues and have found various pests.  Evidence of Brown Wheat Mite was found at numerous locations.  However, this dry weather wheat insect pest was controlled by the late March precipitation received and is no longer an issue in the current production year.  One field had Russian Wheat Aphid, but it was found below economic treatment levels.  Cutworm damage was not observed at locations inspected.  Continue reading

03-06-17 CSU’s Golden Plains Extension: Testing Wheat for Life

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Testing Wheat for Life

(Burlington, CO) March 6, 2017 – Environmental conditions affect plant growth in many ways.  Conditions that are too dry or too wet, too cold or too hot can all affect wheat production and survival.  Determining whether wheat plants are alive in the spring due to adverse growing conditions should be done before spending production dollars on those acres. Visual inspection: Continue reading

02-17-17 CSU’s Golden Plains Extension: Retirement Plans for Self-Employed and Small Business

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Retirement Plans for Self-Employed and Small Business

Saving for retirement is one of the major goals of personal and family savings efforts emphasized by America Saves Week www.americasaves.org. This has been much easier for people working for an employer that offers retirement benefits.  However; retirement planning for the entrepreneur has been primarily growing net worth through the years. Then, someday selling out and retiring on the proceeds of the sale. However, if you want to pass down some wealth to your children or grandchildren, this selling out option creates a large debt burden on your family. What other options are there?  Continue reading

02-17-17 CSU’s Golden Plains Extension: Commercial Pesticide License Credits Available

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Commercial Pesticide License Credits Available

(Burlington, CO) – Commercial Pesticide licenses are needed for pesticide applicators charging a fee for pesticide services.  Commercial applicator credits are a different category than Private applicator credits.  Applicators licensed in Commercial catagories have an opportunity to collect credits at a program being held at the Akron Extension office (181 Birch st.) on Tuesday February 28th.  The program begins at 8 am and concludes at noon.  Catagories and speakers offered will be: 103 – Agricultural Weed control – Curtis Hildebrandt, 109 – Right of Way Weed Control – Rick Roehm, 206 – Turf Pest Control – Alison O’Conner, and 207- Ornamental Pest Control – Alison O’Conner. Cost for this program is $50 for the session.

Pre-registration is required and can be accomplished by registering on-line at http://goldenplains.colostate.edu/ or by contacting the Colorado State University Extension office in Burlington at 719-346-5571. Deadline to register is February 23rd.  To ensure adequate space for everyone, pre-registration at this location is required.

 

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02-06-17 CSU’s Golden Plains Extension: Colorado Seed Growers Millet Meeting in Akron on Feb 24th

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Colorado Seed Growers Millet Meeting in Akron on Feb 24th

(Burlington, Colo.) A meeting to establish a grower organization in support of millet as a commercial crop in Colorado is scheduled to be held on February 24, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at the Central Plains Research Station, 40335 CR GG, Akron, CO.

This will be a meeting to discuss, establish and organize a grower organization that can support millet as a commercial crop in Colorado. Topics that will be discussed are cultivar development, agronomic research, crop insurance needs, and marketing support. Continue reading

01-27-17 CSU’s Golden Plains Extension: Commercial Pesticide License Credits Available…

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Commercial Pesticide License Credits Available

Commercial Pesticide licenses are needed for pesticide applicators charging a fee for pesticide services.  Commercial applicator credits are a different category than Private applicator credits.  Applicators licensed in Commercial catagories have an opportunity to collect credits at a program being held at the Akron Extension office (181 Birch st.) on Tuesday February 28th The program begins at 8 am and concludes at noon.

Catagories and speakers offered will be:

  • 103 – Agricultural Weed control – Curtis Hildebrandt,
  • 109 – Right of Way Weed Control – Rick Roehm,
  • 206 – Turf Pest Control – Alison O’Conner, and
  • 207- Ornamental Pest Control – Alison O’Conner.

Cost for this program is $50 for the session.

Pre-registration is required and can be accomplished by registering on-line at http://goldenplains.colostate.edu/ or by contacting the Colorado State University Extension office in Burlington at 719-346-5571. Deadline to register is February 23rdTo ensure adequate space for everyone, pre-registration at this location is required.

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01-26-17 CSU’s Golden Plains Extension: Private Pesticide Recertification Programs…

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Private Pesticide Recertification Programs

Colorado State University Extension is hosting Private Pesticide Recertification sessions at various locations in Northeast Colorado.  Anyone who purchases restricted-use pesticides must have a Private Pesticide Applicator license which is issued by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  Private Applicator license study guides and exams can be obtained either from the Colorado Department of Agriculture or some Extension offices.  Once a license is received, it is active for 3 years before renewal is needed.  Renewal can be achieved by either retaking the exam or attending a recertification meeting.  These recertification meetings offer credits which can be substituted for retaking the exam.  Attendees need to remember to bring their license number to the meetings.  Licenses that expire prior to obtaining recertification credits will require re-taking the private pesticide exam.

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12-15-16 *CSU Ext News* 2017 Ag Outlook and Strategy Forums for Producers

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17strategyoutlooksemin2017 Ag Outlook and Strategy Forums for Producers

Producers know their costs of producing crops and livestock continue to be high while market prices are going down. As profits decrease or there are losses, producers may have difficulty securing operating loans or have to take money from the savings they accumulated over the past few years of good prices. What are they to do?

Colorado State University Extension will host six outlook and strategy forums throughout Colorado in January and February. Producers participating in the forums will learn about the outlook for commodity prices, production costs for each area, current Farm Service Agency programs, and various strategies for being profitable when prices are low.

The Ag outlook and strategy forums will be held

  • in Montrose at Friendship Hall on January 11th,
  • in Sterling at the NJC campus on February7th,
  • in Burlington at the Community Center on February 8th and
  • in Limon at the Hub City Senior Center on February 15th.
  • PLUS in Greeley at the 2017 CO Farm Show on January 26th
  • & in Lamar on February 3rd as part of an all-day Ag event.

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12-15-16 *CSU Ext News – Golden Plains Extenion* Managing Resistant Kochia

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Managing Resistant Kochia

BURLINGTON, CO – December 15, 2016 – Here are ten things you can to do to manage resistant kochia:

  1. Use herbicide tank mixes. Efficacy on kochia will increase.
  2. Use full labeled herbicide rates.
  3. Apply post-emergent tank mixes to kochia before the weed is 6 inches tall.
  4. Actively growing kochia is easier to control than weeds that are under moisture stress.
  5. Apply herbicides with 3 to 10 gallons per acre water.
  6. Use recommended additives and adjuvants.
  7. Flat fan nozzles are recommended. Other types can work effectively also.
  8. Re-apply herbicides as later kochia flushes emerge.
  9. Rotate crops along with herbicides.
  10. Follow all manufacturer recommendations to enhance coverage and minimize drift risk.

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12-15-16 *CSU Ext News – Golden Plains Extenion* “Thinking About Drought” Workshop slated for January 23rd in Kirk, CO

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“Thinking About Drought” Workshop slated for January 23rd in Kirk, CO

Written and submitted to The BARN by: Don Schoderbek and Julie Elliott

December 15, 2016 – As the days get shorter, and winter begins to settle in, many ranchers and stockmen in Eastern Colorado are sitting down in front of their barrel stove with pen, paper, and a beverage of their choice.  Winter is often a time of planning.  The current agricultural financial outlook provides a source of concern to many producers.  However, there is also the threat of a looming drought.  This presents a two-fold challenge to ranchers.  Abnormally low forage production on the range can compound existing economic problems.  It is important to understand the importance of the range resource, and how to best utilize it to support your operation through dry, tough times.

Supported by Ron Richards and the Yuma County Conservation District, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and CSU – Extension will be offering a free workshop entitled “Thinking About Drought”.  This event will take place on January 23rd, 2017 at the Kirk Lions Hall in Kirk, ColoradoContinue reading

12-15-16 *CSU Ext News – Golden Plains Extenion* Private Pesticide Recertification Programs

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Private Pesticide Recertification Programs

BURLINGTON, CO – December 15, 2016 – Colorado State University Extension is hosting Private Pesticide Recertification sessions at various locations in Northeast Colorado.  Anyone who purchases restricted-use pesticides must have a Private Pesticide Applicator license which is issued by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  Private Applicator license study guides and exams can be obtained either from the Colorado Department of Agriculture or some Extension offices.  Once a license is received, it is active for 3 years before renewal is needed.  Renewal can be achieved by either retaking the exam or attending a recertification meeting.  These recertification meetings offer credits which can be substituted for retaking the exam.

Locations are as follows:

  • February 21 – Burlington Community Center
  • February 22 – Sedgwick County Fairgrounds, Julesburg
  • February 23 – Irrigation Research Farm, Yuma
  • February 28 – Washington County Extension Office, Akron

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10-13-16 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer, “Economic and Environmental Potential of High Plains Cover Crops”

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Economic and Environmental Potential of High Plains Cover Crops

Sparse or erratic rainfall leaves farmers looking for anything they can do to increase yield while decreasing things that cost money – such as irrigation. High Plains crop producers have a keen interest in both crop rotation and management strategies that influence their economic viability and the future of their agricultural enterprises. Continue reading

10-11-16 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer, “Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program”

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Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program

Colorado farmers can improve energy efficiency in their agricultural operations and save money.  The Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program offers a variety of energy assistance including:

  • Free energy audits tailored to your agricultural operations
  • Objective, third party technical assistance
  • Assistance with grants and rebate programs for energy saving equipment

Energy audits are available on a first-come first-served basis.  Call 1-800-441-8525 or email agservices@gdsassociates.com with questions.  In addition, visit the website at www.colorado.gov/energyoffice/agricultural-energy-efficiency.  Last and new this year, greenhouses are now eligible for participation in addition to powered irrigators and dairies.

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09-28-16 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer, “Navigating the Online Energy Information Landscape”

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“Navigating the Online Energy Information Landscape”

Fall weather and cooler temperatures naturally turn thoughts to heating homes and changing energy usage. While analysts predict an increase in natural gas prices, you might wonder: is this the year you should finally insulate the attic? What about LED bulbs–are they the real deal? Your neighbor just installed solar panels–does it make sense for you? Where does our electricity come from anyway? Continue reading

08-24-16 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: CORN FIELD DAY

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CORN FIELD DAY

(Burlington, Colo.) – Colorado State University is hosting a corn field day on Wednesday, September 7.  The program will begin at 8 a.m.

Directions to the test plot are:  East of Eckley, Colorado to county road V, then 4 miles south of Hwy 34 on county road V, then 0.5 mile east on county road 33.  Then take a trail road north on the east side of the pivot.

Corn hybrids, management, and discussions regarding the new bacterial disease that has been found will be discussed.  Colorado Corn Administrative Committee will be providing refreshments.

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08-22-16 CSU Ext News: 2016 Collaborative On-Farm Tests (COFT)…

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2016 Collaborative On-Farm Tests (COFT)

(Burlington, Colo.) – The objective of our on-farm testing program is to compare the performance of wheat varieties that are of most interest to Colorado farmers. In 2016, five varieties were included: Byrd (popular HRW), Denali (HRW), Sunshine (high quality HWW), Avery (newly released HRW) and WB-Grainfield (HRW from WestBred).  Varieties in the COFT program are tested under farm field-scale conditions with farmer equipment. Colorado State University Extension Agents oversee all aspects of the program. The COFT program is in its 20th year and the majority of Colorado’s winter wheat acreage is planted to varieties that have been tested in the program. On-farm testing leads to more rapid replacement of older inferior varieties and wider and faster adoption of improved varieties.  Continue reading